By Carl Humphrey
(WINDSOR, ON) – For the Windsor Clippers the playoffs cannot start soon enough. After jumping out to an 11-3 start on the season the Clippers dropped their final six games of the season to finish 11-9. Tonight they fell in overtime to the London Blue Devils 13-10.
The Clippers were again playing with some key players sidelined by injuries, but put in a good effort in the loss. The game was meaningless for Windsor, but had huge implications for both London and Wallaceburg. The win gave London their first ever playoff spot. London came into the league in 2003, the same year as Windsor. Windsor has never missed the playoffs. The London win also allowed them to jump over Wallaceburg in the standings, who held on for the eighth and final playoff spot.
Brett Hickey led the Clippers attack with 4 goals and 1 assist. His performance gives him the lead in the scoring race, five points ahead of Six Nations player Chris Attwood. Attwood has one game remaining. Jeff Rivait and Trevor Learn each scored a pair of goals with singles to Corey Burchell and Brendon Anger. Brendan Stevenson suffered the loss in goal.
The Clippers will now focus on the Guelph Regals as they prepare for the best of five opening round series. Game one of the series will be played in Windsor next Saturday night. Game time at Forest Glade Arena is 7:00 pm.
The rest of the series rolls out as follows:
2. @ Guelph, Sunday June 26th, 7:00pm Victoria Road Rec Centre
3 .@ Windsor, Saturday July 2nd 7:00 pm Forest Glade Arena
4. @ Guelph, Sunday July 3rd, 7:00pm Victoria Road Rec Centre
5. @ Windsor, Tuesday July 5th, 8:00 pm Forest Glade Arena